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A fireball at night, as bright as a crescent moon - 13.1.2022 at 17.33 Kajaani Observation number 103743

Visibility III / V


We were watching Jupiter with a telescope as I turned back to look at the sky, and I saw a fireball falling apart in the sky. The pieces spread quite widely, and then faded from view. The whole phenomenon lasted about a few seconds. In color, it was more orange and fiery than in the observational images on this page. On the other hand, I haven’t seen one before, so I don’t even know if that matters. However, it was a beautiful sight!



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  • Accuracy of the given observation time?
    • 5 min difference possible
  • How long time did you see the fireball fly in the sky?
    • 3 seconds
  • How the flight of the fireball ended?
    • The fireball broke into pieces, which faded away
  • Brightness of the fireball
    • A fireball at night, as bright as a crescent moon
  • In which direction the fireball disappeared out of sight?
    • Northwest
  • In which altitude the bolide disappeared from your sight?
    • About half way between the horizon and the zenith
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